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Animals at Chehaw cool off with "Bloodsicles"

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The weather in South Georgia is so hot, it can be hard to find any relief from the heat.  Staying indoors, or finding a shady spot when outside, may offer a bit of a break.

A frozen treat may also help, and that's exactly what some animals at Chehaw Park in Albany are getting on these steamy days.

Remember what a nice treat popsicles were when you were a kid?  Even when you are used to the heat, it's a cool break. And some of the animals at Chehaw get one similar to this. 

As the heat index once again hit the century mark in South Georgia, this Rhino walked around unphased.  "Even on the hottest days, all of our animals can tolerate this weather very well," said Doug Porter, Chehaw Park Executive Director.

That's because the animals at Chehaw Park are all from hot climates.  That doesn't mean they don't find ways to make the heat more tolerant.  Porter said, "They can regulate themselves and that's what we try to do with all the animals, give them opportunities to find a shady spot, maybe if it's not so hot they want to lay in the sun, so we let the animals make those decisions for themselves and they usually have more sense than we do."

Cheetahs are obviously used to the heat, after all, they're from Africa, but we all like a cool treat on a hot day.  For humans, popsicles, for Cheetahs, bloodsicles.  This is a little concoction of frozen blood and water to help cool them off.

A zoo worker broke up the bloodsicle and treated the Cheetahs.  Kids thought the mixture was gross.  "Yucky blood.  Eww."

But aside from the blood part, this way of cooling down isn't all that much different than what rising high school freshman Ashli Jordan would do to beat the heat.  She said, "I would just stay in the shade and get some lemon aid."

Lemon aid for us, or a bloody treat for them, both cool ways to ease the pain on another extremely hot South Georgia day.

And it's not just frozen treats made of blood served to animals at Chehaw, their food of choice, fruit, fish or meat, can be frozen in blocks and served for a cool snack. 

Here's some good news for us humans, Doug Porter says because Chehaw is away from all the buildings and asphalt in the city, and is surrounded by trees, the temperature is generally five to ten degrees cooler at the park than around town.

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